Sachin banishes 'loser' tag

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar would be a very relieved man at the end of the Test against Australia after grinding Ricky Ponting's boys into the Bangalore dust.

He has just managed to get one of the biggest demons off his shoulders – that his mental 'mettle' is not strong enough when India are battling against the odds, or need his skills to power to a win.

Over the years, numerous critics have been hounding Sachin, saying he plays for personal aggrandisement and fails to contribute to India's cause when the team's chips are down – the team generally loses. Invariably, India loses and Sachin has to carry the cross.

Best of all, he has scripted this 'achievement' by letting his bat, and not his mouth, do the talking.

This time, a triumphant Sachin, in a fitting reply, has thrown dust in the faces of all his critics.

But it is not in the nature of Tendulkar to score 'political' points and instead, he would be concentrating more on the positives that he has achieved in the just-concluded Test against the Australians.

A 200+ score in the first innings and a 50+ not out in the second innings, ensuring that he single-handedly took India to the win.

But more than that, Sachin would be very pleased with the fact that he has been central in cementing India's place at the top of the cricketing list as the World's No. 1 Test side.

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